Candidate Statement: Frank Sivo for School Committee

By contributor,

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Hopkinton School Committee. My wife Eve and I have made Hopkinton our home for 17 years.

We have four children in the Hopkinton public schools: three at Hopkins and one in the Middle School. I have been active in our community, coaching Little League, serving on the Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC), and most recently serving on the Elementary Building Criteria Working Group.

My education includes BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Professionally, I lead strategic planning processes and the operational excellence program at Genzyme. Previously, I worked as a management consultant serving a wide range of private and public sector clients on issues related to strategy, leadership, operations, and technology.

Providing an excellent education to our children is a core responsibility of the community. I will use my 26 years of management experience to help us meet that responsibility while maintaining fiscal discipline.

Specifically, I will make sure that the school district’s strategic plan appropriately fosters continuous improvement balanced with the will of the community in the current economic environment. I will ensure that thoughtful, fact-based, transparent, and fiscally responsible decisions are consistently made.

With respect to the current challenges involving the Elementary school buildings, I am opposed to districting of our schools as a solution. While I acknowledge that we must address several needs at both the Center and Elmwood schools, I do not have a preferred solution. Instead, I support a rigorous, deliberate, and objective process that will identify the best solution considerate of total cost.

Our town faces important decisions that will affect our community for years to come. I will champion creative solutions that provide the best value for our money.

I respectfully ask for your vote for School Committee in the May election.